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Four Tet Album - Pause

Four Tet Album - Pause (Front side)
Album Information :
Title: Pause
Approx. Price:$14.98 (USD)
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Type:Audio CD
Customers Rating :
Average (4.2) :(29 votes)
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Track Listing :
11 Hilarious Movie Of The 90's
Review - :
Kieran Hebden is, it has to be said, something of a genius. The groundwork for Pause was laid when Dialogue--his debut solo album under the guise of Four Tet--landed in 1999, an album that redrew the parameters of inventive dance music. A peculiar mix of live-sounding instrumental jazz and technologically super-precise laptop dance trickery, it sounded nothing like Hebden's actual group--the post-rockers Fridge--and, as it happened, very little like anything else in existence. Where Dialogue employed jazz sax and flute in its evocation of a 21st-century jazz meltdown, Pause goes even further, coiling whispers of harp and zither over layer-on-layers of fidgeting, rattling percussion. His inspirations? Well, like his friend and protégé:, Canadian tech-wizard Manitoba (whose Start Breaking My Heart is easily the equal of Pause), Hebden collects sounds and melodies from a dizzying array of places--ancient British folk music, the rattle of typewriter keys, the gurgle of running water, even a field recording of a children's playground. Genius? There really is no other word for it. --Louis Pattison
(Kansas City)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
- already one of my top 3 cds of all time

not since the release of dj shadow's 'endtroducing' have i been so excited about an artist/album. this is some beautiful music. four tet(guitarist for fridge) uses sounds/samples/beats in the same fashion as dj shadow. this album is loaded with incredible sounds. don't get me wrong, it's not overly done, but the feel of the album is super solid. certain stand out tracks are, well, all of them. i don't really need to analyze any certain song for you because they are all equally great. four tet has another album prior to this release called 'dialogue'. if you like this album, have at the other. i listen to a lot of music. very rarely do i get an album that really re-instills my faith in music expression. four tet has done that with his two releases. i strongly suggest that you get his two albums. if you are into dj shadow, newer radiohead, boards of canada, fridge, or any other beat oriented instrumental music, you can and will not go wrong with these choices.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
- Four Tet - Pause

Even if Four Tet didn't invent the "folktronica" tag, their debut for Domino Records, PAUSE, would certainly a poster child for it. Immediately on "Glue of the World," there's that delicate combination of lo-fi acoustic guitar, backed by a casual trip-hop beat. "Twenty Three" continues this track, but "Parks" takes things in a slightly darker mood with a lonely mandolin and woodwinds. "Tangle" gets things perky again with a light house beat and a harp, while "No More Mosquitoes" gets into some deep twisty funk. There's an overall mellowness to the album which is perfectly appealing to a day of laziness (or, as Four Tet puts it, "You Could Ruin My Day"). Finally, the combination of a music box and the glitchy repetition of a tone on "Hilarious Movie of the 90s" brings PAUSE to an end.

(Berkeley, CA USA)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
- What Everlast did for rap, Four Tet does for Electronica...

After hearing "Pause" for the first time, I immediately thought of that Everlast (House of Pain's former frontman) album that came out a few years ago...No doubt this will sound like blasphemy to those that only listen to electronic music, but in the same way that Everlast updated the Bob-Dylanesque, troubador one-man-and-his-guitar-and-harmonica sound to one-man-and-his-guitar-and-beatbox, so Four Tet brings a one-man-and-his-guitar-and-harddrive sound to electronica.

Of course there is no shortage of brilliant IDM albums that sound like they were cooked up in a bedroom by one or two guys--think early Aphex or Mu-Ziq--but it has been awhile, and never has acoustic guitar figured so prominently in an electronic release (to my knowledge).

This is a breezy, accessible album that can sound either upbeat or melancholy depending on one's mood; it's ideal for either Spring or Autumn. Immediately you'll hear influences of other artists--for me, it was Boards of Canada (without the sinister overtones), Arovane's brilliant "Tides," a little bit of Plone and Mu-Ziq, a dash of Iceland's MuM, maybe even some Prince (circa Purple Rain). But calling this derivative would be unfair to Four Tet. Kieran Hibden is clearly an artist to watch, especially at a time when so many of my favorite electronic artists--Orbital, Autechre, Plaid, Bola--have released sub-par efforts. Really enjoyable!

Btw, track 8, "No More Mosquitos", is as bad as others have said, and it mars this almost flawless release...I understand the campfire sing-along idea behind it, but it's ultimately just annoying...

(Dallas, TX)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
- Everyday Pleasures

I'm a newcomer to this genre, so I only feel comfortable expressing a rather limited, personal observation on this wonderful music (I'm reviewing Pause here as well). I originally bought this because I was intrigued by the song selection on Four Tet's Late Night Tales. Ever since the early 70s I've loved what used to be called British Folk/Rock (Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Incredible String Band, Steeleye Span, early Strawbs, etc.) and was fascinated by the idea that a young person nowadays would draw on these bands as influences. Hebden manages to capture the "feel" of much of the music of these great artists much more convincingly than I would have thought. But what really blows me away about this music is precisely what some criticize it for: it's pervasive quality of everyday normalcy. The thing is, a sane everyday "normalcy" is anything but normal nowadays. Somehow, this fragile, delicate music--every time I listen to it-- gives me hope that everything will be all right, and that the smallest things can give infinite pleasure when the big things are eluding you at the moment. It IS, somehow, Spring or Autumn music just as "In the Court of the Crimson King" is Winter music. And it reminds me of just sitting around and being totally blissed out by the things that go on around you everyday. As another reviewer observantly noted, a little like Boards of Canada without the occasional vague, sinister undertone. Hebden also uses acoustic instruments and percussion very skillfully (and very beautifully), often to carry the main theme through his calm, electronic wanderings. This seems to be aimed at a younger audience than me, but too bad, I'm a complete fan. When you're in the mood, nothing else will do. BTW, in my opinion Pause is more unified and the musical ideas somewhat more memorable. Both are highly recommended (4.5 stars). I hope for something more monumental, on the order of FSOL's "Lifeforms," in the near future. Given what seems to be Hebden's character, however, I very much doubt if he'll ever get to "Dead Cities."

(all up in your face)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
- It is true. This is an enormously important record.

Undeniably, this is one of the finest records since EP5 by Autechre, Boards of Canada's Music Has the Right to Children, and Oval's Systemisch.

The crucial thing about Pause is that it is so beautiful. I drove halfway across Canada listening to this album, and with every turn of the road, the music just felt absolutely right. It is organic, heartfelt, and stunning. It is recommended in the way that all things beautiful are recommended--with care not to say too much.

Fridge is this guy's other project, their new album Happiness is pretty good too.

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